Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 3 1957
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 3 1957

Maclean’s Movies




The pompous and monocled regent of a Balkan kingdom (Britain’s Sir Laurence Olivier) and a naïve blond chorine from Milwaukee (Hollywood’s Marilyn Monroe) are amusingly mated in Olivier’s screen version of the Terence Rattigan comedy,

The Sleeping Prince. For a romantic trille, it’s a bit long and repetitious, but the oddly matched principals are often quite funny together. There are superb performances by Dame Sybil Thorndike, as a mildly barmy royal dowager, and Richard Wattis, as a harassed equerry from the British Foreign Office.


The breezy Kenneth More, although not ideally cast, likeably portrays an impeccable butler who becomes the ruler of his former masters after they are all shipwrecked on a desert island.

The old satiric comedy by Sir James Barrie still makes an interesting story, and the cast is skilful. It includes Cecil Parker and Diane Cilento.

FIRE DOWN BELOW: Rita Hayworth returns after three years’ absence from the screen and proves that she has lost none of her knack at presenting a performance as inept, wooden and unintentionally farcical as anything she ever did in the past. A few laughs occasionally redeem this steamy tropical adventure, co-starring Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon.

STELLA: An overheated sex-opera from Greece, pretentiously directed by the highly touted Michael Cacoyannis. It introduces a fiery seductress named Melina Mercouri who makes most of her celluloid rivals seem as tame as Lillian Gish by comparison.

'IHE UNHOLY WIFE: Diana Dors, John Bull’s Marilyn Monroe, is woefully out of her depth in the role of a sulky murderess in this implausible Hollywood melodrama. With Rod Steiger, Tom Tryon.


Abandon Ship!: Drama. Fair.

The Baby and the Battleship: Navy comedy. Good.

Bachelor Party: Drama. Good.

Boy on a Dolphin: Treasure-hunting comedy-drama. Good.

Brothers in Law: Comedy. Good.

The Buster Keaton Story: Biographical comedy-drama. Fair Checkpoint: Road-race drama. Fair. Confidential Report: Mystery. Poor. Designing Woman: Comedy. Good. Desk Set: Comedy. Good.

Doctor at Large: Comedy. Good.

Edge of the City: Drama. Good.

Fear Strikes Out: Drama. Good.

Full of Life: Comedy. Good.

Funny Face: Musical. Excellent. Garment Jungle: Drama. Fair.

The Gold of Naples: Italian multistory comcdy-drama. Good.

The Great Man: Drama. Excellent. Gunfight at the OK Corral: Western. Good.

The Happy Road: Comedy. Good.

High Tide at Noon: Drama. Fair.

Hot Summer Night: Crime drama. Fair. House of Ricordi: Italy opera festival.

Dull story; fine singing.

House of Secrets: Crime drama. Fair. The Incredible Shrinking Man: Sciencefiction thriller. Excellent.

Joe Buttertiy: Comedy. Fair.

The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.

The Little Hut: Comedy. Poor.

Love in the Afternoon: Comedy. Good.

Maddalena: Drama. Fair.

The Man Who Turned to Stone: Sciencefiction. Poor.

Men in War: War drama. Fair.

The Monte Carlo Story: Romantic comedy-drama. Fair.

Paris Does Strange Things: Romantic comedy. Poor.

Public Pigeon No. 1: Comedy. Poor.

The Rainmaker: Comedy-drama. Good. The River’s Edge: Action. Fair.

The Silent World: Undersea true-life drama in color. Tops.

Silk Stockings: Musical. Good.

The Spanish Gardener: Drama. Good.

The Spirit of St. Louis: Biographical aviation drama. Good.

The Strange One: Drama. Good.

The Tattered Dress: Drama. Fair.

This Could Be the Night: Romantic comedy-drama. Good.

Tiger in the Smoke: Drama. Fair.

Town on Trial: Mystery. Fair.

12 Angry Men: Drama. Excellent.

Way to the Gold: Drama. Fair.

The Wrong Man: Drama. Good.

Yangtze Incident: British naval-war drama. Good.

The Young Stranger: Drama. Good.